Feeling badly about letting go of household items…DON’T

Got too many useful household items, too much useful furniture, but it’s not useful to you any longer? Feeling badly about getting rid of it….DON’T. Donate to charity. Your donation may mean the world to someone in need.

I work with lots of home sellers and buyers who have been in the same home for 20-40 years. Everyone accumulates “stuff.” And chances are, the longer you have been in an home, the more “stuff” you have. So, what should you do with items you no longer need, but could be of use to someone else? Here are a few options…

There are many ways to get rid of “stuff.” You can try to give it to your kids….but they probably will probably say, “why would I want that?” You can sell it or junk it. Or you can….

Donate to Charity!

Below is a list of some charities in the Metro Atlanta area. Check out what each organization does for citizens in our community, find one you can support, and make them your charity of choice. They can help you clear out your garage, basement, etc., and in turn, you are doing a good deed for someone with a real need. Some locations will even pick up items from your home! Be sure to always call first to verify the details of your donation.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

“Habitat ReStores divert hundreds of tons from landfills each year, accepting hard-to-dispose-of items including new and used furniture, appliances, and surplus building materials. In many cases, pickup service is provided for large items. Best of all, proceeds from the sale of these donated goods help families build a foundation for the future.”

Have you been remodeling, updating, or refreshing an existing home? Here are eight types of construction waste that can be donated:

  1. Sinks, toilets and bathtubs
  2. Cabinets
  3. Working appliances
  4. Doors and Windows
  5. Lumber
  6. Tiles and wood flooring
  7. Lighting
  8. Door handles and cabinet knobs

Habitat ReStore

3315 S Cobb Dr, Ste 150
Smyrna, US-GA 30080
United States

For more details call 770-415-1625 or go online to https://www.habitat.org/support/donate-items

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army does more that ring the bell at Christmas. They assist approximately 23 million Americans annually in the USA. Your donations to Salvation Army Family Stores help fund rehabilitation programs that heal addictions, change lives, and restore families.

Large appliances are welcome, including washers, refrigerators, stoves, and air conditioners. However, they must be free of rust and in good working condition, including a power cord. The organization accepts some large exercise equipment, including treadmills and bicycles, These items must be in good condition. 

How to Donate

You can donate goods at a store near your home during open hours. Some locations have a drop box for after-hours donations. You can also schedule a pick-up on line or call.

Store locations and drop off sites https://satruck.org/DropOff/Index?zip=30068

More on donations https://satruck.org 1-800-728-7825

American Kidney Services

AMS American Kidney Services helps people suffering with kidney disease get direct financial assistance. Are you tired of trying to give away clothes to relatives and don’t know what to do with a third set of dishes and extra glassware? Have too many small kitchen appliances and pots and pans? How about books? Schedule with the AKS to pick up your donations.

For More information contact the American Kidney Services at


The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta

The Furniture Bank accepts donations at their warehouse located in Atlanta. You can schedule a pick up for larger pieces of furniture. If the furniture is outside, the pick up is free. There is a $20.00 fee for items inside your home.

908 Murphy Avenue SW Atlanta, GA 30310. http://furniturebankatlanta.org/furniture-pick-up/

The Drake House

The Drake House provides private crisis-housing. They serve about 50 families and 100 children per year. They help mothers who are at risk of homelessness keep their children with them. Quite often teachers and social workers identify students and families who are homeless for this program. The Drake House has very limited storage and can’t take furniture donations, but they can take gently used women’s clothing and accessories that is placed into the Drake Closet Stores. And, depending on the season, other items as needed.


Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Roswell (678)682-3551
825 Mimosa Blvd, Roswell, GA 30075
Sandy Springs (678)515-3349
6030 Sandy Springs Cir, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Alpharetta (678)319-1410
200 South Main St, Lower level, Alpharetta, GA 30009


Your donations to Goodwill are used to support the mission of putting people to work. The items you donate stock the stores, and the proceeds from the sales support the operations of the Career Center and other programs. Goodwill does not offer pick up service and each store accepts and has room for some larger pieces like furniture. Always be sure to call the store first and ask if they are accepting large items. Every donation center and store is different as to what they can or cannot accept.

East Cobb Donation Center

4400 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062


Lower Roswell Store and Donation Center

4930 Davidson Road
Marietta, Georgia 30068

770-635-4298 Store/Donation Center

Marietta Store and Donation Center 

1355 Roswell Road, Suite 500Marietta, GA 30062770-321-8242 Store/Donation Center

Sandy Plains Donation Center 1860 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066
678-560-7643 Donation Center

Planning for your donations

Whether you are preparing to move, renovating, or just simply de-cluttering, it takes a little time and planning to use the pick up services noted above.

Gently used items, please!

Remember, the donation centers are either trying to sell or give away your items. Help them by not passing along items they can’t use.

Donate gently used furniture
Gently used means free from stains, rips, tears or broken pieces.
If your furry friend has left their marks, hair and smells on your furniture and you can’t clean it up, it’s probably not going to be accepted by the donation center.

Donations are tax deductible!

Most donations are tax deductible. Always consult your tax advisor. Here are some suggested values from Goodwill https://goodwillng.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf

Feel the love, donate used furniture and household goods.

Feel the love…Your home will be less cluttered and you will help others in your own community!

Lee Ann Wynns, Dorsey Alston Realtor.  Property Expert, East Cobb Enthusiast

If you are thinking of downsizing or selling in the near future…call me and we can develop a plan to help you get ready to make a move.

Lee Ann Wynns | East Cobb Realtor® 

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